The Subclass 457 visa is primarily intended to provide streamlined entry arrangements for businesses needing to recruit skilled staff from overseas on a temporary basis. The 457 visa program is designed to fill skill shortages that cannot be met from the local labour market.
Subclass 457 visa entry streams include:
employment in Australia with an approved business who is party to a labour agreement (LA)
employment in Australia with an approved standard business sponsor.
The Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) allows skilled workers who are sponsored by an approved business to come to Australia and work for an approved business for up to four years.
You can be in or outside Australia when you lodge your application for migration to Australia. You will be able to live and work in Australia with your family for up to four years in your skilled occupation.
You may be able to set up your own company to sponsor yourself if you are able to demonstrate a genuine need for the position. After the employer/company is approved as a Standard Business Sponsor, you will be able to apply for a Subclass 457 visa based on the employer's nomination.
You must work exclusively for your approved Standard Business Sponsor unless you make arrangements to transfer your Subclass 457 visa to another employer or make an application for another type of Australian visa.